What can you do when you’re eating healthier, but the people around you aren’t? I’m a full-time caregiver to my 91-year-old mother who dearly loves her sweets. It was rough when I first started my fitness journey. I have just as big a sweet tooth as she does. Having to serve her dessert every day after lunch and dinner made my cravings kick in. Here are some tips that helped me along on my fitness journey:
Tip #1: Remember your goal—your “why” for healthy eating.
Tip #2: Have a stock of healthy snacks on hand like nut butters, fruit, raw veggies, cheese sticks, nuts, seeds, whole grain crackers, hummus, blue corn chips, homemade granola, homemade power bars, salsa, etc.
Tip #3: Lead by example. I’ve had few people tell me that when they started eating healthy, some of the people around them did, too. And I’ve had a few folks tell me that I’ve inspired them to change their diets for the better. People around you notice.
Tip #4: Join an accountability group. It helps to have support from folks on the same healthy eating journey, whether it’s from family, friends, or online groups.
Tip #5: Plan ahead for situations, like the office party. It’s okay to have a sliver of that birthday cake. Then maybe follow it with some yogurt, fruit, and honey.
Tip #6: Allow yourself some treats once in a while. Remember: Strive for at least 80% healthy/clean eating.
Tip #7: Ask your family to help by hiding the junk food and not eating it in front of you.
What are some of your survival tips for eating healthy?